About

Who wants to live forever? Political Biography across the Centuries is a SGSAH funded blog written by Consuelo Martino (BA, MA Università degli Studi di Padova), currently a PhD Candidate in Classics at the University of St Andrews.

Consuelo’s research project is about the role of intertextuality (engagement with earlier texts) and interdiscursivity (engagement with rhetorical and ideological topoi, circulating in textual and non-textual media) in Suetonius’ vitae Caesarum (2nd Century A.D.) and the Historia Augusta (4th Century A.D.) in order to identify the literary choices made by the authors to construct the portrayals of the Roman Emperors. The blog’s aim is to discuss and put into dialogue ancient and contemporary biography writing on political leaders as well as the influences that previous models and literary sources could have done on the way of constructing a political biography.